Mark Gatiss has revealed he’s prepared for a negative reaction to An Adventure in Space and Time when the special one-off drama on the origins of Doctor Who airs later this month.
Writing Doctor Who, you don’t give a monkey’s [about giving diehard fans what they want]. You write it for your audience, not for the people who will watch it anyway.
I don’t mean to sound contemptible at all – I’m a fan so there are a lot of things that I want to nod to or embrace – but you can’t be ruled by that. Here, this is holy writ; they’re real people.
Stressing that the film is a drama rather than a documentary, Gatiss has previously stated that key players Donald Wilson and David Whitaker will not appear and that he’s “totally prepared for howls of protest.”
Dramatising real events is always something of a minefield, with the need to simplify events and depict composite characters to satisfy the needs of plot and limited screen time.
What do you think? Are you prepared to overlook some inaccuracies in the name of a good drama? Or should facts always come first?